Enabling Safe, Inclusive, and Quality Education in Syria

Before the Syrian War, over 90% of all Syrian children were enrolled in school. Today, one in every three Syrian children is out of school. In early 2021, it was reported that the vast majority of Syrian children live in areas with “severe, extreme, or catastrophic” education conditions.   In response to an ever-changing landscape…

3 Questions with Kouteba Al-Khalil on Creating Safe Education Systems for Syrian Girls

The challenge of protecting Syrian schoolchildren predates the ongoing, decade-long war. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, safeguarding practices were rare and legal frameworks non-existent. Physical and psychological abuse as forms of discipline were, sadly, commonplace. In many Syrian schools, these problems persist. In fact, over a decade of intense conflict has exacerbated…

Kouteba Al-Khalil

Kouteba Al-Khalil specializes in child protection, safe programming, and capacity building. He has eight years of experience in establishing and operating child and youth protection programs and developing child safeguarding systems. His past work spans protection in emergencies, early childhood development, social-emotional learning, resilience program, mental health and psychosocial support, establishing child-friendly spaces, and developing…

Final Report: Dominican Republic Criminal Justice System Strengthened Project

From 2015 to 2021, the Dominican Republic Criminal Justice System Strengthened Project (DR CJSSP) improved the quality and effectiveness of prosecutions and increased access to justice for underrepresented populations. To achieve this, the project improved intra-and inter-institutional criminal case management and coordination between the police, prosecutors, and judges. DR CJSSP also strengthened the local Community…

Final Report: Guatemala Youth and Gender Justice Project

Since 2016, USAID/Guatemala’s Youth and Gender Justice Project (YGJP) has focused on strengthening the government’s and civil society’s capacity to provide justice and related services to juvenile offenders, victims of gender-based violence (GBV), and victims of trafficking in persons (TIP). This final report examines and presents highlighted results, lessons learned, and key recommendations from the…

Alaa Zaza

Alaa Zaza is an education and child protection specialist with 15 years of experience in inclusive education and school social work. Alaa has targeted experience in education in emergency, early childhood development, social emotional learning, psychosocial support, and peace- and conflict-sensitive education. Alaa led the development of early grade literacy and numeracy curricula and associated assessments.…

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Development Checklist

Global mental health experts recognize that traumatic stress can dramatically affect progress toward the same outcomes Chemonics projects work toward each day, including educational achievement, economic productivity, social cohesion, positive communal relations, and overall health and wellbeing. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of these sources of trauma, whether it be armed conflict, natural…

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Development

When many people think of the concept of trauma, they imagine a specific and singular event that causes overwhelming stress for the person affected. In reality, trauma can be understood as an experience, a series of events, or set of circumstances that can have lasting and adverse effects on individual and community physical, social, and…